Forestry giant Resolute Forest Products Inc. has hit a setback in its high profile, ongoing defamation suit against Greenpeace and two of its activists.
Resolute is suing the environmental activist organization for damages of $5 million, in addition to punitive damages of $2 million, after it published a report about the company’s logging practices in Ontario and Quebec, which Resolute says contained false and misleading information — some of which Greenpeace retracted and apologize for in March 2013.
Last week, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed what it described as an attempt by Resolute to “greatly expand the scope of the litigation and transform the trial into an inquiry into Greenpeace” as part of an appellant decision initiated by the organization.
In its statement of claim, originally filed in 2013, Resolute asserts that Greenpeace organizations around the world have broken laws in pursuit of its advocacy goals, citing many instances where campaigners and protestors affiliated with the organization were arrested or conducted activity that could be interpreted as criminal, such as in 2014 when protestors scaled the Mount Royal Cross in Montreal to hang banners disparaging Resolute. Read more >>